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Learn how to make Beer Can Chicken on the grill. Also called Beer Butt Chicken, It’s guaranteed to be tender and juicy on the inside with a crispy, flavorful skin on the outside.
I want to share with you a favorite recipe of mine – Beer Can Chicken! It is a great summertime grilling staple, and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do. It’s perfection, especially when served with some of our favorite summer side dishes, like Best Ever Classic Macaroni Salad and Grilled Zucchini.
Before I had ever attempted to make this recipe, I was always skeptical. Could the beer really make a difference when grilling a whole chicken? Well let me tell you it sure does!!! It keeps it moist and even though, in my opinion, you don’t actually taste the beer, you know it’s the key to this chicken being so scrumptious. Plus the can of beer helps the bird sit up right on your grill. I use this nifty wrack that holds the beer can and chicken so it doesn’t topple over, but it’s not necessary to have.
One of the best things about this recipe is that once it’s on the grill, you have a good amount of time to get all the other loose ends tied up before dinner is served. So that’s when I like to set the table, finish up any sides I’m making, and maybe fold a load of laundry! The less hectic it is getting dinner on the table, the better!
I like to keep the seasoning pretty simple on my version of the beer can chicken because it doesn’t need a lot of seasoning to help out with the flavor. But you can try any type of dry seasoning that makes your mouth water. Possibilities are endless! Now all that’s left to do is grill this recipe up yourself and enjoy!
Beer can chicken requires beer in a can. The beer taste is minimal but it really does keep the chicken incredibly moist and juicy as it steams. The garlic in the beer definitely smells amazing and also adds flavor.
Wondering if beer can chicken is safe? Check out this article that talks about the BPA in the beer can.
When choosing a beer for your beer butt chicken, think of flavors that are commonly used with the meat. Lemon and other citrus, or sour flavors pair well. Malty beers (low on hops) and wheat beers work well, and so do other fruity flavors.
You’ve got plenty of time to whip up some killer side dishes! Here are some of our favorites:
Leftover chicken should be cooled completely before storing in an airtight container. Use leftovers for dishes that call for shredded chicken. Reheat in the microwave if needed, but this chicken is even delicious cold!
To freeze, wrap leftover beer can chicken tightly in plastic wrap then place in a freezer bag or container. Freeze for up to 3-4 months.
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